Regular readers are aware that I’ve been overseas for several months hence so few postings in recent times. And given that I had no established itinerary for my trip I frequently use/used Trip Advisor. An excellent resource where discretion should be used when making decisions based on the information.
Likewise any overseas readers should be aware that the following advice is very subjective.
$3K/ month should be more than adequate unless you are spending prolonged periods of time at Kauri Cliffs or the Farm at Cape Kidnappers. Likewise many of New Zealand’s world class lodges.
Also keep in mind January/February is vacation time in New Zealand hence accommodation can be tight.
Tell me about it! I went to Wales during school holidays and experienced woeful accommodation.
“Accommodations with golf?” is most easily obtained by booking a tour but the downside is lack of flexibility should you wish to linger longer e.g. play Kauri Cliffs twice or maybe even three times.
By the beach
Replying to Jim V of Calgary I suggested Mt Maunganui was a must for golf and beaches, adding that Ohope was a more than OK place given that it is near to the famous White Island volcano. Alas I neglected to add that it is a very fine example of a links-style golf course.
Also didn’t mention playing THE “beach” course in New Zealand; Paraparaumu.
The 80/20 rule
As an ex-pat Scot and someone who’s often asked for advice on visiting New Zealand I always say 80% South Island 20% North Island and in recent years this has become more firmly entrenched in my mind with the presence of Jack’s Point which was mentioned as a must play in my reply to Jim V.
Also sending him a link to pages on my Golf New Zealand website
Quote of the Day
“If looking for a golf resort then consider Millbrook” – WLnz at Trip Advisor